Employment Opportunity

Forensic Science Technician

Iowa Department of Public Safety, Ankeny, Iowa

Salary: $40,227.20 - $59,612.80 Annually

Final Filing Date: November 13, 2019

The Iowa Department of Public Safety is looking to fill a Forensic Science Technician. The successful candidate will assist the Firearms Section and Photography Section of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory in Ankeny, Iowa.

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Primary duties include:
  • The function testing of submitted semiautomatic handguns and selected long guns, to test fire and recover fired cartridge cases and enter those cartridge cases into an electronic database.
  • The successful candidate will also process submitted digital images into photographic prints using a large throughput photo printer.
  • Photographic duties include using forensic photographic techniques to record significant details in evidentiary items.
  • On-site training in both the Firearms and Photography sections is part of the early months of employment.
  • Some travel is required to attend specialized classes lasting up to one week in duration.
  • Additional duties include managing the inventory of firearms set for destruction, and managing a reference collection of selected firearms. Frequent moving of heavy carts is required and lifting of items up to 50 pounds.
  • This position requires daily use of, and input to, a laboratory information management system.
  • Must not have any uncorrected vision deficiencies, specifically related to the ability to perceive subtleties of shape and composition.
Work Examples - Forensic Science Technician
  • Prepares reagents by predetermined procedures for use in routine tests.
  • Maintains inventory of chemicals and laboratory consumables through both ordering and receipt of items.
  • Prepares samples for analysis by sampling and labeling, including items consisting of urine, blood, and other biological fluids.
  • Performs screening tests on sampled items and documents results.
  • Processes submitted digital images into photographic prints and archives images.
  • Applies accepted forensic photographic techniques to record significant details in evidence, such as in the areas of crime scene and latent fingerprint processing.
  • Serves on the laboratory crime scene response team in collecting, documenting, and photographing potential items of evidence.
  • Develops latent prints and captures via photographic techniques for potential identification by a latent print examiner.
  • Assists in managing inventory of firearms set for destruction by safely handling of firearms and test firing as needed.
  • Provides initial examination and evaluation of biological evidence submitted to the laboratory for DNA analysis. Assists with extraction, quantitation, amplification, and electrophoresis of DNA samples.
  • Testifies in court regarding work performed.
  • Conducts temperature monitoring, decontamination, routine instrument maintenance, and other laboratory quality assurance monitoring functions.
  • Cares for and maintains evidence submitted by law enforcement agencies.
  • Operates analytical laboratory instrumentation under supervision of technical superior and assembles resulting data.
  • Performs sample accessioning, data entry, and conversion of paper files into electronically-formatted files in the DNA Unit of the laboratory.
  • Assists with laboratory quality assurance functions as directed by participating in audits and updating procedures.


  • Applicants must possess an associate's degree with an emphasis in laboratory technology, chemistry, biology, physics, or a related field to qualify for positions in this job classification.

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Posted: September 27, 2019

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